Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

RECOMMENDATION:

Approve a message describing the Council’s request for citizen input regarding a possible ballot initiative establishing Term Limits for posting on the City website.

BACKGROUND:

At the June 18, 2002 City Council meeting, Councilmember Clark proposed that:

Rancho Palos Verdes City Council sponsor a Term Limits Ballot Initiative for inclusion in the November 2002 election, that will give the residents of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes the opportunity to vote for or against the institution of a two (2) consecutive terms, no life time ban, term limit applicable to Rancho Palos Verdes council members in the future.

The Council encouraged citizens to contact City Hall and express their views on Councilmember Clark’s proposal.

At the July 2, 2002 City Council meeting Councilmember Clark asked that we pose the term limits question to our citizens by asking the question on our website. The term limits information could appear as a "quick link" on the City Council page and take the user to a page describing the question posed by the Council and include links to Councilmember Clark’s memorandum to the City Council, the Daily Breeze and Peninsula News articles on the subject and other information the City Council deems appropriate.

DISCUSSION:

The City Council asked staff to prepare appropriate wording for a website message describing the Term Limits ballot imitative proposal. Below is a suggested message:

The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council is considering sponsoring a Term Limits Ballot Initiative for inclusion in the November 2003 election, that will give the residents of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes the opportunity to vote for or against the institution of a two (2) consecutive terms, no life time ban, term limit applicable to Rancho Palos Verdes City Council members in the future.

The issue was proposed by Councilmember Larry Clark at the June 18, 2002 City Council meeting. A copy of his report to the City Council on the subject can be accessed by clicking on the "Councilman Clark’s Report" link below. Clicking on the "Daily Breeze" and "PV News" links below can access recent newspaper articles on the issue.

The Council wants you to know that the cost of printing arguments for the ballot initiative will be between $15,000 and $20,000.

The City Council is interested in hearing from you on whether or not the Council should sponsor a term limits ballot initiative. You are encouraged to explain your position or simply respond "yes" or "no." It would be helpful, but not required, if you included your name and residence address.

Responses should be forwarded to citycouncil@rpv.com

Respectfully submitted,
Les Evans,
City Manager